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HOUSTON – Houston is known as, “Space City”, thanks to NASA. Many real life astronauts call it home. Perhaps it’s only natural that we’d also be an epicenter for UFO reports. Or, is there something more going on?
Each year the KHOU 11 weather team gets several viewer reports of strange lights in the sky. As meteorology encompasses everything in the sky, we welcome such reports and encourage you to contact us without fear of being stigmatized.
UFO enthusiasts might suggest that strange lights in the sky are the direct result of the presence of our expansive space industry as perhaps our astrophysicists are working directly with, “ET’s” to innovate new technologies. That’s pure speculation of course, but then again, isn’t all talk of UFO’s? Maybe, “ET observers” are hovering above, hoping to witness human history being made as we plan a mission to Mars. Maybe aliens know Houston makes the best breakfast tacos in the solar system, so they drop in from time to time.
Skeptics will say the lights are explainable: we have two major airports and several busy secondary air strips, resulting in scores of planes flying in our skies at any one time. They’ll point out that when jets are on, “final approach”, their landing lights are illuminated and can look like bright orbs, apparently floating in the sky for minutes, relative to the observer. They’ll say that we’re beyond reach of other solar systems for casual space travel, due to the limitations of the speed of light.
Then there’s the actual reports. Just last week, the popular UFO organization, MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) reported an entire maritime crew on a supply ship seeing a large alien craft over the Gulf of Mexico, as emerging from underwater, about 80 miles off New Orleans. Without dripping even a drop of water as it broke the surface, it then zipped off into space, accelerating at unimaginable rate. This report is just one of many around the area.
Even accomplished NASA professionals like astronaut Gordon Cooper (died 2004) and Dr. Edgar Mitchell (died 2016) claimed UFO’s were not imagined. They submitted to interviews, fully understanding the taboo and stigma associated with such a viewpoint — knowing their professional legacy as national heroes was on the line.
So what’s going on? Is there something about Space City, or do we all have moments where our imagination runs away with our sense of logic?
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